Posts Tagged ‘dragon’

Dragon Egg

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Dragon Egg, tiny art by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, 5″x5″ watercolor on paper

This little egg is just starting to crack, its surface full of rough spirals and gradations in color. If you’re wondering what hatches out of such an egg, you can just keep scrolling and see the magnificent spiral purple dragon that it will grow into.

This lovely egg is a symbol of possibility, of potential getting ready to unfold, of something that’s almost done germinating and is ready to break out into the world

What else do you have in your life that’s like that, and how can you nuture it?

Dragon Egg, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the soft textures of paint and paper, just two colors of minerals to make up this whimsical image. Below, the egg is waiting in a frame to incubate and hatch whatever’s inside.

Dragon Egg, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Egg, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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Dragon Spiral

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Dragon Spiral by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, 5″x5″ watercolor on Arches cover buff paper

This fierce dragon has fire in her eyes and ice in her scales. She’s spiralling downward in near-abstract swishes of amethyst, graphite, and interference blue.

Do you need to be reminded of your own fierceness?

This is one of those pieces that’s most beautiful in person, where you can turn the page this way and that and catch the highlights and shadows, pulling out details that are otherwise invisible.

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the dragon turned so her fiery eyes and brilliant scales catch the light. Below, she’s tucked into a frame, just waiting to fly to her new home.

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Dragon Spiral, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Whimsical and Strange
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Leafy Sea Dragon

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Leafy Sea Dragon by Amy Crook

Leafy Sea Dragon, 12″x9″ watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper

The leafy seadragon is a type of sea horse, which directly inspired this gorgeous creature in all its glory.

The body is textured in watery violet scales, exploring the richness of purple from pinks to blues in the way the paint overlaps and blends. The intricate frills imitate seaweed in a gorgeous blue-green mix, and a rich rusty garnet finishes off the horns.

The best part, though, is the dragon’s attitude, as though they’re telling you like it is and won’t take any of your guff. This is not a dragon whose hoard you want to mess with!

Leafy Sea Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Leafy Sea Dragon, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the beautiful, watery details of both the scaled body and translucent frills. Below, this lovely large painting is in a frame, just waiting to add some elemental attitude to your space.

Leafy Sea Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Leafy Sea Dragon, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Smaug’s Hoard

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Smaug's Hoard, fan art by Amy Crook

Smaug’s Hoard, 8.27″×11.69″ (A4) pen & ink and Copic marker on bleed-proof Copic paper

The tiny hobbit burglar is trying to keep himself quiet, but he’s been found by the big red dragon protecting his hoard. Smaug’s surrounded himself with gold and gems on every side, piles upon piles until there’s nowhere to go that Bilbo doesn’t set of a cascade of sound.

Smaug is a glory of reds and oranges among his shining treasures, and he looks a bit like a cat with a mouse as he huffs warm breath over the wee hobbit.

This piece is an unusual size for American, but perfect for those with sensible paper sizes — A4 is not quite letter size, and you can find frames for it at Ikea.

Smaug's Hoard, detail, by Amy Crook

Smaug’s Hoard, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see tiny Bilbo getting huffed at by a big red dragon. Below, the piece snuck like a burglar into a 9×12 frame so you can imagine how it would look in your own hoard.

Smaug's Hoard, framed art by Amy Crook

Smaug’s Hoard, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, Floating Gallery, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of
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March Patreon Art

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

4 bookmarks by Amy Crook, pen & ink and Copic marker

4 bookmarks by Amy Crook, 1.5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on comic backing board

My wonderful backers on Patreon this month gave me some great prompts, and so we have a dragon, a cat, some spring flowers, and Rory from Gilmore Girls. I was apparently feeling the purple, though to be fair I knew the dragon person liked purple, and I’ve always associated spring with lilacs.

If you’d like to see me sketch to your specs next month, become a patron yourself!

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Completed Commissions, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Conversation Arts week 4

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Conversation Heart art prompts

February is almost over, and these are the last of the conversation heart sketches. I went through and isolated all of the prompts I’d not yet drawn (but still pulled them at random each day), and that took me exactly through the end of the month. Yay!

Conversation Arts 22: Date Night

Conversation Arts 22: Date Night – $45

I get a bit Genghis Khan. Also known as the most adorkable music video ever.

Conversation Arts 23: Sweet Stuff

Conversation Arts 23: Sweet Stuff – $25

This sketchy art is perfect for the Mad Hatter’s sketchy personality – but at least he’s got sweet treats for us.

Conversation Arts 24: Ooh La La

Conversation Arts 24: Ooh La La – sold

I’ve had umbrellas on my mind, and Sherlock wanted to show off his.

Conversation Arts 25: Be Happy

Conversation Arts 25: Be Happy – $45

What better to be happy about than a Pooh Bear and his very best Piglet?

Conversation Arts 26: Real Love

Conversation Arts 26: Real Love – $10

Giving up the last slice of pizza: now that’s real love.

Conversation Arts 27: BFF

Conversation Arts 27: BFF – $10

Getting my obscure fandom on, but my BFF knows the score.

Conversation Arts 28: I Love You

Conversation Arts 28: I Love You – sold

This dragon loooooves tea. Tea is life. Mmmmcaffeine.

Conversation Arts 29: Wicked Cool

Conversation Arts 29: Wicked Cool – $45

Roxy as promised, bringing us the Leap Day goodness in her pinstripe Kingsman suit.

Next month…

I’m going to try a regular Wednesday thing instead of daily art, to see if I can keep from driving myself batty. Come watch me on Periscope!

Categories: Daily Art, Things I'm a Fan Of, Whimsical and Strange
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Domed City

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Domed City by Amy Crook

Domed City, 4″x6″ iridescent watercolor and ink wash on Fluid watercolor paper

Another painting with some hidden sparkle, this one’s mostly done in ink washes. The background is an amazing rich teal that none of my electronics want to pick up, and the domes sparkle with golden highlights beneath the iridescent blue dragon.

This tiny piece would add a lovely bit of scifi-fantasy allure to a desk, bookshelf, or reading nook.

Here there be dragon!

Domed City, detail, by Amy Crook

Domed City, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the shining underbelly on the dragon that floats above the domed city. Below, a tiny window into this strange world as the painting is trapped behind glass in its frame.

Domed City, framed art by Amy Crook

Domed City, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, Sea Creatures and Other Animals
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